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has been saying for a year, which makes the fact that barack obama didn't have much in the way of comeback for the things that mitt romney was saying, that much more "interesting." basically, there was the famous big bird line where mitt romney said he would defund public broadcasting. he has been saying that since november of 2011 saying he is going to defund the national endowment for the arts. they fell flat and obama didn't have a response. also, mitt romney's critique of obamacare, the $716 billion cuts to medicare. these are things that obama really didn't have a response for. and again he should have because mitt romney's been telegraphing this for the past year. it was a big disappointment for people watching. >> and in fact, melissa, the president even said, well, i -- i'll adopt that term obamacare. he agreed with it. >> reporter: he seems to really enjoy it. it's there for better or worse anyway. i can tell you inside the the media room, there were lots of interesting things happening. again lots of international media there people from china, france, germany, an exc
and a romantic moment. >> 20 years ago, i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me. >> congratulations to you, mr. president, on your anniversary. i'm sure this was the most romantic place you could imagine here with me. >> reporter: the theme of the debate for president obama appeared to be that romney's plans lacked specifics. >> is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans secret because it's too good? >> reporter: governor romney spent the night attacking his record. >> you have been president for four years. you said would you cut the deficit in half. it's now four years later. we still have trillion dollar deficits. >> reporter: mitt romney came into the debate trailing in the polls but that could change after last night's performance. >> anytime a challenger stands on the stage with the president in a first debate they tend to get a bounce. i expect that could happen here. >> reporter: the romney campaign believes the governor scored a knockout. >> i believe that governor romney was the clear winner of this debate. if it was a boxing match
the democratic incumbent-- 51-year-old barack obama-- and his republican challenger 65-year-old mitt romney. it comes 34 days before the election-- though early voting is already under way in many states. the focus tonight is domestic issues, including the economy, still struggling to recover from the great recession. polls show the race is very close nationally, but in swing states that will tip the balance, the president is ahead. so he'll be trying to protect his lead and for mitt romney, it's an opportunity for a breakout moment. in front of what could be the biggest audience he will have before election day. the sole questioner tonight is jim lehrer. it's the 12th time he's served as moderator. >> lehrer: good evening. from the magnus arena at the university of denver in denver, colorado. i'm jim lehrer of the pbs newshour and i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates between president barack obama the democratic nominee and former massachusetts governor romney, the republican nominee. this debate and the next three-- two presidential, one vice presidential-- are spon
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